PareQ Is A FREE Paragraphic EQ Plugin For Windows


Benedict Roff-Marsh has released PareQ, a freeware paragraphic EQ plugin for Windows.

A paragraphic equalizer typically combines the user interface of a graphic equalizer with the features of a parametric EQ.

Nevertheless, Benedict Roff-Marsh’s PareQ is an interesting take on the humble equalizer plugin. It might be worth a look if you’re running Windows and have a VST3-compatible host.

PareQ features 5 bands, each targeting specific frequency ranges for common adjustments. You’ve also got a pair of filters for cleaning up low- and high-end frequency content.

Targeting specific ranges is nothing new when it comes to equalizers, and there is something immediately usable about having defined limits on each band. Both the bass and treble bands can be freely switched to shelves, which is always a handy means of sculpting a sound.

There is also a dynamic circuit, which allows for target frequencies between 100Hz to 6kHz. It works fine to my ears, but it certainly isn’t going to replace the more robust functionality of something like TDR’s acclaimed Nova.

I believe PareQ’s real strength lies in the expediency of the workflow. Having defined limits on each band makes choices on where to boost and cut relatively simple. It does feature a nice amount of visualization, with a frequency spectrum visible while playing back an audio source.

For someone who isn’t spoiled for choice with EQs, PareQ could be a worthy addition to the toolbox. The workflow is fast, the controls are deep enough for fine-tuning, and the addition of a dynamic circuit is a welcome sight on any EQ.

That said, I would love to see a little more choice in the dynamic band. Not all audio content is created equally; you might need to control more than one area on a problematic vocal, after all.

If that isn’t a big concern, PareQ might be the right fit for you. Unfortunately, if you’re on a Mac, you’re out of luck. PareQ only runs on Windows machines.

If it does interest you, you can find the download link over on the developer’s Ko-fi page. The download is set to pay-what-you-want, so if you like what he’s doing, a donation is welcome.

Download: PareQ (FREE / Name-your-price)


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  1. “For someone who isn’t spoiled for choice with EQs”

    I think it’s safe to say we’re all very much spoiled for choice. So spoiled, that I’m quite sure that right after compressors, EQ’s are easily and by far the most widely available plugins, both in the free and paid section. Shouldn’t stop anyone from having fun creating yet another one though, but it gets hard trying to justify its existence beyond that simple reason at this point.

    Install the free Melda plugins, the free Toneboosters collection, add the Analog Obsession plugins, VoS, TDR, TAL, ljkb, or even Antress Modern plugins (for old time sake) to the collection and you’re already spoiled for choice on most things you could need. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’m starting to having a hard time choosing what plugins to use at this point. Great times to be an (aspiring) musician!

    • I agree,the market is oversaturated with options that I even stop being interested in the free gifts of the paid companies. Now is the time to focus only on what we need to do, making good music.

    • In this category, you can’t beat Quadcurve EQ by Bandlab, Too bad it can only be used within Cakewalk. Also REVERB 2 there sounds superb. Nova has many features, nice UI, but sounds lifeless.

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